Before Google, there was the New York Public Library – and others. The NYPL recently discovered a box of telephone enquiries from the 1940s to the 1980s, and they’ve been sharing them on their Instagram. Some of our favourites:
Trolling predates the Internet.
Check out their Instagram page for more (and other cool stuff).
About the NYPL
Via their website:
The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all.
Serving more than 17 million patrons a year, and millions more online, the Library holds more than 51 million items, from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world. Housed in the iconic 42nd Street library and three other research centers, NYPL’s historical collections hold such treasures as Columbus’s 1493 letter announcing his discovery of the New World, George Washington’s original Farewell Address, and John Coltrane’s handwritten score of “Lover Man.”